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Must-play games for your new Android phone or tablet

Andrea on January 1, 2015 - 2:20 pm in Apps

Android devices come in all shapes and sizes, some of which have access to desktop-class games and other that plug straight into your television with a gamepad, but for the most part if you want great games the best place to head is the Google Play Store. Most Android games are optimized to run well regardless of screen size, so whether you’re sporting a shiny new Android phone or it’s time to lose a day on the latest tablet, these games have you covered.

Terminus

Terminus

One of the early promises of mobile gaming was the ability to wield your gyroscope to move characters around on the screen, and for a little while that game mechanic was either terrible or popular. Racing games and those crazy bounce pad games seemed to be the biggest places where this particular mechanic got popular, and while the experience is far from being a new thing anymore that doesn’t mean developers can’t do something interesting with it.

Terminus takes rotation gaming, adds a couple of blasters, and shoots you down a colorful sci-fi landscape to shoot monsters and navigate an increasingly complicates series of levels. You can turn this mechanic off if you don’t want to look like a mad man while waiting in line somewhere, but anywhere else it’s a great way to play a fun game.

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Monument Valley

There are all sorts of puzzle games to buy, but few are as memorable and engaging as Monument Valley. It’s a game that encourages a high level of immersion despite its relatively slow pace, but you can still put the game down and walk away when necessary. The only actual complaint most people have about this game is that it isn’t long enough, because the gameplay is so good that you can beat the entire game in an afternoon if you curl up on the couch and burn through the levels. That having been said, the game also have some impressive replay value, since you’re unlikely to remember exactly how many of the puzzles work after completing a level. If you want a good puzzle game, Monument Valley should be at the top of your list.

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Sky Force 2014

While the golden age of arcade-esque fighter jet shooters on a 2.5D background has come and gone, there’s still one shining gem on mobile device for those who want to relive that good old days. Sky Force 2014 is everything you remember about emptying a pocketful of quarters into an arcade machine on a Saturday afternoon, only the game has swapped out quarters for a decent upgrade system and a well managed currency system that stays mostly out of the way if all you really want to go is gun down enemy fighter jets.

It’s a game without equal on mobile devices right now, and the scaling is done in such a way that it really doesn’t matter what size screen you play it on. Sky Force 2014 is just an all around great game, and should absolutely be on your list.

80 days

80 Days

Some games are great because of the compelling gameplay with little bits of story thrown in, while others are great because the story being told is beyond compare. 80 Days is the latter, in fact it’s almost most an interactive book than an actual game. You play adventurer Phileas Fogg as he journeys around the world in, you guessed it, 80 days.

The game breaks out a fantastic number of locations around the world for you to explore, allowing the player to choose the best possible route to circumnavigate the globe in the required time. Players have access to all kinds of steampunk-esque vehicles, including a mechanical camel and an airship in order to get you where you need to go in time. It’s a great play for every age group, and there’s no one right way to win so you can play over and over again.

Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage

Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage

If you’re a big fan of silly Vikings and physics puzzles, this is one of the best out there. Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage is all about rescuing your fallen comrades, who for reasons passing understanding have gotten themselves trapped in all kind of ice blocks. With your fingers, you slice the ice to an appropriate size, and the vikings on the ship break up the pieces and free their fallen friends. While you’re at it, you can use cannons, ropes, and the angle in which you cut the ice to score the points necessary to move on through the game.

The game works hard to make sure nothing is taken too seriously, but that doesn’t mean you won’t lose a Saturday trying to figure out how to grab all of the treasure from every level.

kiwanuka

Kiwanuka

You’d be amazed at what simple geometry, bright colors, and a fantastic soundtrack will get you in a mobile game. Kiwanuka is a uniquely beautiful game that requires a lot of out of the box thinking in order to fully appreciate, and that’s a big part of what makes it special. You play a tiny wizard trying to save his tiny friends with his one actual power, which is apparently the ability to stack everyone up and use them as a bridge or a rope. It’s simple and fun, with levels that are short enough you could enjoy the game just about anywhere.

Kiwanuka is also great for playing across multiple devices, so if you regularly shift between tablet and smartphone you’ll find your game progress will follow you anywhere.

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